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The evaluation of disseminated epithelial tumor cells in patients with early stages of breast cancer has generated considerable interest because of its potential association with poor clinical outcome. Considering that O-glycosylation pathways are frequently altered in breast cancer, we performed this work to evaluate the potential usefulness of(More)
Simple mucin-type cancer-associated O-glycan structures, such as the Tn antigen (GalNAc-O-Ser/Thr), are expressed by certain helminth parasites. These antigens are involved in several types of receptor-ligand interactions, and they are potential targets for immunotherapy. The aim of this work was to study the initiation pathway of mucin-type O-glycosylation(More)
Most Trypanosoma cruzi O-glycans are linked to Thr/Ser residues via N-acetylglucosamine. We report that the mucin-type carcinoma-associated sialyl-Tn antigen (NeuAc-GalNAc-O-Ser/Thr) is expressed by T. cruzi. A specific MAb allowed us to localize the antigen on the surface of epimastigotes and to identify reactive components in parasite lysates (32, 60, and(More)
This article focuses on the initiation pathway of mucin-type O-glycosylation in helminth parasites. The presence of the GalNAc-O-Ser/Thr structure, also known as Tn antigen, a truncated determinant related to aberrant glycosylation in mammal cells, and the activity of the UDP-GalNAc:polypeptide N-acetyl-galactosaminyltransferase (ppGaNTase), the enzyme(More)
The Tn antigen (α-GalNAc-O-Ser/Thr) is one of the most specific human cancer-associated structures. This antigen, together with mucins, the major carriers of O-glycosylated tumor antigens in adenocarcinomas, are being evaluated as anti-cancer immunotherapeutic targets. In particular, the MUC6 protein, which is normally expressed only in gastric tissues, has(More)
In vivo targeting of C-type lectin receptors is an effective strategy for increasing antigen uptake and presentation by dendritic cells (DCs). To induce efficient immune response, glycosylated tumor-associated Tn antigens were used to target DCs through binding to macrophage galactose-type lectin (MGL). The capacity of Tn-glycosylated antigens-and the(More)
As part of a general project aimed at elucidating the initiation of mucin-type O-glycosylation in helminth parasites, we have characterized a novel ppGalNAc-T (UDP-N-acetyl-D-galactosamine:polypeptide N-acetylgalactosaminyltransferase) from the cestode Echinococcus granulosus (Eg-ppGalNAc-T1). A full-length cDNA was isolated from a library of the(More)
The Tn determinant (GalNAc-O-Ser/Thr) is one of the most specific human tumor markers. In normal cells Tn is a cryptic structure in the peptide core of mucin type O-glycoproteins, and it is detected in an unmasked form in most human carcinomas evaluated by immunohistochemistry. Scarce data are available regarding the characteristics of soluble Tn bearing(More)
Helminths express various carbohydrate-containing glycoconjugates on their surface, and they release glycan-rich excretion/secretion products that can be very important in their life cycles, infection and pathology. Recent evidence suggests that parasite glycoconjugates could play a role in the evasion of the immune response, leading to a modified(More)